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SMCISD offers free summer meal program for students By Naomi Lovato NEWS REPORTER
of 13 sites, Boone said. The feeding program reaches many children and distributes up to 100 meals a day, he said. In addition to the stationary feeding sites at local schools, the Purple Bus Mobile Meals reaches and distributes meals to children who do not live close to campuses. “We got an old bus, painted it purple, redid the windows, got air conditioning and put a radio in it,” Boone said. “If the kids can’t come to us then we’ll go to them.” Almost 74 percent of children in SMCISD receive free or reduced meals because the families are economically disadvantaged, Boone said. Boone said he encounters many people while visiting the sites and remembers a story of one moving encounter with a family. “While at the site, we met a woman who was there with her three kids,” Boone said. “This woman once told us, ‘We don’t have a car and times are tough. If you guys didn’t come out here with the bus, some days, I don’t know how we would feed these kids.’” Serving locations for breakfast and lunch include San Marcos High School, Bowie Elementary School, Crockett Elementary and Travis Elementary. Lunch is served at additional city locations including the San
San Marcos students who normally receive their primary meals at school during the year have the opportunity to receive free breakfast and lunch this summer with a feeding program put on by the school district. From June 9 to August 15, the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District’s Summer Feeding Program and the Purple Bus Mobile Meals will be serving free breakfast and lunch to San Marcos students 18 years old and younger Monday through Friday at locations throughout the community. “We’re feeding kids who might not eat at all,” said Mike Boone, associate director of SMCISD Child Nutrition Services. “Even though it’s summer time and just because they don’t have school to eat doesn’t mean they’re not hungry. This is the future of our country and children need food in their bellies to learn and to be healthy.” There is no application or requirement for children to be eligible to receive the free meals. Adults can purchase meal trays for themselves for $3. The program has been going on for about three years, and this summer the SMCISD feeding program is distributing food at a total See SUMMER MEALS, Page 4
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Company donates $1 million reactor to College of Science and Engineering By Naomi Lovato NEWS REPORTER
tate-of-the-art research equipment valued at over $1 million was donated to the College of Science and Engineering June 30 to further student and faculty research. The equipment is a reactor donated by Nitronex, LLC, a supplier of special power transistors for wireless communications applications, said Michael Blanda, assistant vice president of Research and Federal Relations. The reactor will be housed in the Roy F. Mitte Building,
home to the Department of Physics, the Ingram School of Engineering and the Department of Engineering Technology. Blanda said the reactor will lead to the production of advanced electronic components such as wireless transmitters/ receivers and LEDs, or light-emitting diodes. Nitronex produces a chemical compound called gallium nitride, which can be put on silicon wafers, Blanda said. Those wafers can be incorporated into power transistors and other types of applications for things like computers chips, he said. The company knew of Texas State’s overall research capabilities and specific
Construction causes shut down of North LBJ-Sessom Drive intersection By Kelsey Bradshaw NEWS EDITOR The intersection at North LBJ Drive and Sessom Drive will be closed until August 15 for reconstruction. A decision made by city councilmembers at their June 3 meeting changed the intersection reconstruction plan from a “4 Phase” to a “2 Phase” strategy to expedite completion. Shutting down the intersection completely is part of the “2 Phase” plan and has sped up the construction process, said Sean Condor, project manager. “So far, (with the two phase plan), we’re a little bit ahead of schedule,” Condor said. “We’re still sticking with the August 15 completion.” Drivers coming from Aquarena Springs on Sessom will be forced to take a right onto North LBJ Drive, Condor said. In order to get the construction done by August 15, the entire intersection had to be “torn up,” Condor said. The crosswalks at the intersection will incorporate a maroon stripe, which can be seen on the area that is already finished, Condor said. The intersection will be made of asphalt, since concrete takes a longer time to install, he said. Entrance into the university from the intersection will be closed off until the project is
completed, Condor said. Students taking the bus that traditionally goes through The Quad loop have been redirected to the Undergraduate Academic Center stop, said Steven Herrera, shuttle service manager. “All of the buses (from The Quad loop) were redistributed to the UAC bus stop,” Herrera said. The North LBJ route has been redesigned to bypass the segment that is still under construction, Herrera said. Although accommodating the quick changes being made by city has been a “bit of a challenge,” Herrera said the buses have been able to operate “very well” this summer. “We’re really excited and hopeful that the construction will be completed on the schedule that the city has committed to,” Herrera said. The intersection reconstruction is a part of larger $6.9 million project to make repairs on North LBJ Drive, which is expected to be completed next summer, Condor said. “Everything that needed repairs is getting repaired,” Condor said. Shared lanes for bikes, sidewalks on both sides of the street and water, sewer and storm drains will be added, Condor said. Surrounding business owners say they are being affected by the construction. Mochas and Javas, a coffee
capabilities in the area of microchip manufacture, which led it to donate the technology, Blanda said. Nitronex was also aware former employee Edwin Piner, associate professor of physics, had a personal interest in the research, so a partnership began, Blanda said. The reactor produces the microelectronic material that goes into a computer chip, Piner said. This makes a good tool for both research and prototype production. Piner is excited to be able to get back into the research he was involved in for 15 years before coming to Texas State.
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Interim dean named for College of Fine Arts and Communication By Nicole Barrios ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
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An interim dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication has been named as the national search is set to begin for a new, permanent dean. John Fleming, chair and professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been chosen to serve as interim dean. Provost Eugene Bourgeois said he selected Fleming after consulting with President Denise Trauth on the list of eligible candidates. Bourgeois also met with the college council composed of the associate deans, chairs and directors as well as outgoing dean, Timothy Mottet, he said. “To me, it’s an exciting opportunity to serve the college and the students and the faculty within the college,” Fleming said. “I’ve had offers to go elsewhere, but I really love Texas State and I love the
See FLEMING, Page 4 shop located on North LBJ Drive, experienced trouble when the construction was heavy on its side of the street. “We could have done better otherwise while the construction has been going on,” said Andy Trevino, Mochas and Javas manager. The construction has not had a “devastating” effect on the shop, but it did slow down business, Trevino said. A lot of Mochas and Javas customers are “extremely loyal” and oftentimes walked through a “construction warzone” to get their daily caffeine fix. In an attempt to help sales, Mochas and Javas has done some extra marketing and enhanced their catering business. By fo-
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cusing on catering, customers don’t have to come to the shop, and the product can be brought to them, Trevino said. Even though the construction has affected the coffee shop, Trevino said there are “no hard feelings.” “The project is very necessary,” Trevino said. “It is going to add bike lanes on both sides, so it will really help out pedestrian and motor traffic.” Reconstructing the road will ultimately be “safer and more convenient” for students who drive, walk or ride bikes, Trevino said. “(The project) is just a part of growth,” Trevino said.
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Construction of waterline on Post Road in progress By Carlie Porterfield SENIOR NEWS REPORTER Construction of a waterline has begun along Post Road for the city to continue to provide water to the most rapidly-growing area in San Marcos. Blanco Vista, a subdivision off Post Road, is the fastest growing subdivision in San Marcos, with 227 single-family homes built since 2012, said Tom Taggart, executive director of Public Services, in a city press release. “The completion of this project will provide looped service to the northern portion of our service area,” Taggart said, in the release. “The current service is provided through a single pipeline along IH-35.” Laurie Moyer, director of Engineering and Capital Improvement, said the changes being made will be beneficial to residents. “When you have just a one way feed on a waterline, you don’t get the same flow, Moyer said. “It’s better if you have a feed of water coming from two directions.”
The waterline itself will be 2.8 miles long with a 16inch diameter. The cost of the project is expected to be about $2.9 million, according to the release. The city originally agreed to provide over $1 million to the project. Reducing the size of the waterline itself from 24 inches in diameter to 16 inches and switching to another material cut costs. Now, the project will only cost the city about $500,000, Moyer said. “So what we did was stick with the 16 inch diameter required by development, but we changed the material from PVC to a ductile iron pipe, which we believe has more integrity and is a stronger and longer lasting pipe,” Moyer said. “We just upgraded the quality of the pipe and that’s why it was only about $500,000.” Care has been taken to install the waterline without harming the local environment. The plan was designed in a way that allowed for large trees in the area to avoid being damaged, Moyer said. Besides the obvious access to water, Moyer said
the project would provide residents with safety benefits in the long term. “In the future, fire hydrants will be able to be placed there,” Moyer said. “Right now there isn’t a large diameter waterline; there are residents that don’t have access to fire protection.” Construction of the waterline has been in the works for almost ten years. In an agreement reached between Blanco Vista developers Brookfield Residential (formerly Carma Development) and the City of San Marcos, a waterline would be built to serve the subdivision once it reached a certain size, according to the release. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said building the waterline is a necessary part of community growth, and the city has a responsibility to provide water and wastewater services to residents. “It’s a part of our development process,” Guerrero said. “In the end, this is us trying to get ahead of future growth and try to make sure our water capacity is meeting expectations early.”
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According to a Jan 21, 2014 University Star article, the Hays County Master Naturalists launched the Birding Network Project to set up approximately 40 sites throughout the county. Working with the Wimberley Birding Society and the Greenbelt Alliance the group expects to have at least eight sites in the works within the year, including one at Jacob’s Well in Wimberley. In the meantime, there are plenty of sites in San Marcos for birding aficionados to scope out including the A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery off of Hwy 123 and the gravel quarry on Lime Kiln road.
Hiking is a classic activity that nature lovers can undertake. Strolling through sites such as Purgatory Creek and Spring Lake are a great way to become closer with nature while also getting in a nice workout. Purgatory Creek can be split into three sections generally referred to as Prospect Park, upper Purgatory and lower Purgatory. Each section provides visitors with many trails along which they can brush elbows with real life flora and fauna. The Spring Lake natural area sits above the headwaters of the San Marcos River and helps support 5 endangered species. This ecological jewel can be accessed by parking at the Texas Rivers Center off of Aquarena Drive and making a short hike up to the beginning of the trailhead signified by blue trail markers and a sheltered kiosk.
Bobcats that are fans of the simple nature adventure of floating the river will find many lovely spots in San Marcos to explore and enjoy. Rio Vista Park is located on Reynolds Street and is home to the Rio Vista River Dam and rapids that many floaters and tubers pass through. In addition, Stokes Park is a local favorite that has been flying under the radar for many years. Students that venture to this shady river paradise, complete with a man-made waterfall, should only take their most worthy companions so as not to disturb the serenity of this hidden San Marcos gem.
For those that want to experience spending the night under the blanket of the night sky, the Texas State Outdoor Center is an excellent resource. The centers offers students, faculty and staff 24-hour rentals of camping equipment including 2 and 4 person tents, backpacks, lanterns, coolers, sleeping bags, stove burners and water jugs. In order to rent items customers simply need to have money and their Texas State ID card physically present. In addition, students wishing to rent items must be currently enrolled in classes, including during summer sessions.
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Student PDA on campus inappropriate, unnecessary
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hen in public, displaying affection for a significant other should be kept to a bare minimum out of respect for passersby. As a single person, watching two people make out on my way to class is not the way that I want to start my day. Affection should be expressed but should be kept to a minimum to avoid upsetting the stomachs of fellow students. Love is a beautiful thing and should rightly be expressed when the feeling is mutual with a significant other. However putting a spotlight on it in The Quad during rush hour so every bystander, including visiting parents, can see how strong the love is, is probably not the way to go. There are plenty of other ways to keep the budding romance alive without overt public displays of affection. Simply holding hands or a goodbye kiss on the cheek are both benign and acceptable ways to share feelings in public without basically giving mouthto-mouth. These overly enthusiastic couples
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need to calm it down on social media as well. I already saw the Facebook status change from “single” to “in a relationship.” I really do not need to see a play-by-play status update every ten seconds detailing how much someone loves another person. Last I checked, this is not high school. So, this whole “hacking” of the significant others’ profile and leaving cutesy but nauseating status updates should be left to the teens that are still shopping at Hot Topic. For the love of all things sane and normal, do not get a joint Facebook account or any social media platform for that matter. Two people in a relationship are two people in a relationship. They do not magically become one entity that relies solely on the other for life support. Couples may reasonably share a lot of things together, as they rightfully should in order to grow with each other. However, people need their space and having a joint social media account is the biggest form of PDA I have ever seen. It is good to miss each other. Spend time apart, or go the whole day without holding hands or kissing. That way when the mini-reunion kiss happens, it is all the more special. Again, showing love and affection for a significant other should not be stopped altogether or saved strictly for the bedroom, but it should be kept to a publicly acceptable minimum. A good way to judge if PDA is going too far is to imagine the mother of the significant other walking up. Would she like what she saw? If the answer is no, then the PDA may have been taken a little too far.
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Core class requirements must be reconsidered Xzavier Allen SPECIAL TO THE STAR Electronic media junior
ore classes prove to be a lot more harmful than helpful to college students. They keep students from graduating on time, amass larger amounts of debt and take up time that could be used for major-specific classes. In some ways, core classes can be used as filler to harden the plight of the college student. A core class is any subject with nearly infinite amounts of problems, insight or facts. Essentially, a professor teaching a core class is like playing a video game with great replay value, meaning they could teach the same subject for years and never run out of material. There are countless numbers of authors, historic events and equations for professors to throw at continuous supplies of unsuspecting students. With an infinite amount of knowledge also comes with an infinite amount of work. For example, I have taken math cours-
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es that came with daily in-class exercises, lengthy book work and extensive collections of online equations that were not to be completed by anything human. Each crushing wave of information is quickly forgotten as the semester progresses and brings about new sections of 10-pound books for students to memorize. Unless a student is majoring in a core subject, the information is basically rendered useless. The mandatory two semesters of each core class takes up time that very well could have gone to major-specific classes. One semester of each core class would suffice, since they are not too different from high school courses. Each major, however, comes with specific grade requirements for each core class, usually a grade of C or above. The trick is balancing the vast amounts of wisdom in hopes of memorizing just the right portions. Failure to do so may cause a student to score below a C, forcing them to eventually retake the class. In the more extreme cases, students pay higher tuition fees for classes they have taken more than twice. In a sense, students need to be well read in all the subjects they may never apply to their future careers or lives. There is also the possibility of destroying an excellent grade point average due to a failing or near failing grade in a core
class. Core class grades are generally comprised of several types of immediate class exercises, quizzes, and tests, while the more rigid core classes only administer exams. The exams take up most of the grade percentage, and a single failing grade could be impossible to recover from. Students may occasionally find that some of the material they have been diligently studying is not included in the exam, but do not realize this fact until they actually look through the test. It is impossible to retain everything taught in a core class, but failure to do so causes students to overlook important details that may show up on an exam later. The situation I just described is a complicated paradox from which there is little escape. Core classes are part of a master scheme to weed students out of college through poor grades, and many students are blissfully unaware. Unless a student is majoring in a core subject, the subject becomes irrelevant after a while and can even slow down the process of moving up to major-specific electives. As cruel as this seems, college students are forced to play this game without knowing for certain where it may lead. The grand prize is a forty-thousand dollar sheet of paper.
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San Marcos businesses profit during World Cup By Carlie Porterfield SENIOR NEWS REPORTER Several San Marcos businesses reported a spike in business thanks to this year’s World Cup. After a solid month of soccer, the 2014 FIFA World Cup concluded when the German national team defeated Argentina 1-0 in overtime. Local bars like Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub and The Railyard Bar and Grill were two businesses that saw major increases in clientele due to patrons wanting to tune in to the action
taking place in Brazil. “We were busy for most of the games,” said Chance Garbutt, manager at Sean Patrick’s. “We had
depending which game was going on. The U.S. games were obviously the busiest.” Alcohol and food sales were
“It was excellent for business, and it was good to see people care about soccer for once.” —Chance Garbutt, Sean Patrick’s manager a lot of different people coming in; different fans for different countries
higher than average at Sean Patrick’s during the World Cup, and
the pub had to increase the amount of employees working accordingly, Garbutt said. “For our USA games, we would almost have to bring in our whole staff in order to serve the customers quickly,” Garbutt said. The United States Men’s National Soccer Team made it through the group stage, defeating the Ghanaian team for the first time in World Cup history, along with tying with Portugal and suffering a loss to Germany. The USMNT were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Belgium, and were ranked 15th overall in the
tournament. Brandon Bruce, an employee at Railyard, said the USA games brought in the most people to the bar and grill. “We usually run one bartender during the day every day, and during the World Cup we had to run two bartenders and several extra servers,” Bruce said. Bruce, a soccer fan, said the World Cup was an overall positive experience both on and off the clock. “It was excellent for business, and it was good to see people care about soccer for once,” he said.
FLEMING, from front College of Fine Arts and Communication.” Fleming has had nine years of experience as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, has consistently received high marks for his leadership and is “known by administrators to be someone who is very willing to work toward advancing, not only in his Department of Theatre and Dance, but also the university,” Bourgeois said. “As I tell people, ‘it’s an interim dean (position), but for our students it’s not an interim year,’” Fleming said. Freshman, seniors and those in between will work hard this year to achieve their goals and it will be an important year for them “whoever is dean,” Fleming said. The members of the search committee for the new dean will meet to develop a description for the dean position in the coming weeks, Bourgeois said. The committee will then conceive a marketing and advertising campaign for the position to distribute to as wide an audience as possible. “My expectation is (Fleming) would be the interim dean for this next academic year,” Bourgeois said. “And we are in the process of initiating the search, which means I’m putting together the search committee.” After the national search begins, the job ad will be placed in a number of publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bourgeois said. Delbert Carpenter, dean of the College of Education, will chair the committee, Bourgeois said. Members of the search committee will include professors and directors from the School of Music, the School of Art and Design, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Two of the college’s three associate deans, interim dean Fleming as well as Raymond Fisk, chair of the Department of Marketing, will also serve on the committee.
Maureen Keeley, communication studies professor, will be a member of the search committee. Keely said she hopes to find someone who is forward thinking, optimistic and understands both the fine arts and the communication side of the college. Bourgeois said he hopes the national search will attract a number of well-qualified candidates. “Someone who is energetic and committed to the position as our outgoing dean, Tim Mottet, has been during the past three years,” Bourgeois said. They are also looking for someone dedicated to advancing research, scholarly, creative and performing activities in the college as Mottet was while dean, Bourgeois said. “With the addition and the opening of the new Performing Arts Center on campus, I think there are so many positive attributes to the college currently that we should be able to attract a very robust, large pool of qualified applicants,” Bourgeois said. Fleming said he looks forward to serving during an “exciting time” in the college. This will be the inaugural season of theatre, dance and music productions after last year’s opening of the Performing Arts Center, he said. “Even though I’m in an interim status, we will be moving forward with research initiatives, teaching initiatives, with hiring decisions, with tenure and promotions – so there’s a lot of important work that will be done this year while we look for the permanent dean,” Fleming said. Richard Sodders will take over as interim chair of Theatre and Dance now that Fleming will be serving as dean, Fleming said. Sodders was chair of the program before Fleming was hired, which will make for a “smooth transition,” he said. “I expect Dr. Fleming to do an outstanding job as the interim dean, and he’ll begin the year by helping the college to engage in a review of the existing strategic plan,” Bourgeois said.
REACTOR, from front Donations such as this are rare and having access to this technology will benefit faculty and students alike, Piner said. “The students will benefit by having access to the tool and something that they can base their research on,” Piner said. “Then we can be in the process of being the producers of a state of the art production process that is the best in the industry.” The reactor will help students by providing direct access to state-of-the-art equipment, creating mentoring opportunities with world-class researchers and scholars and gaining the entrepreneurial expertise necessary to start
companies based on the new technology, Blanda said. “I’m looking forward to the career and professional opportunities that our students are going to have provided,” Blanda said. “The students will be able to get a full spectrum of experiences.” Students can gain the necessary experiences for future careers or to pursue higher degrees, Blanda said. The university will also benefit by being able to attract talented people and gain an advantage in securing financial support for future research, which will make the university more competitive in this area of research, Blanda said.
Billy Covington, associate vice president for Research and Federal Relations, said the research aspect of the reactor will bring Texas State to a new level of excellence. “As a chief research officer, one of my jobs is to increase the amount of research happening at Texas State University, so when we get a piece of equipment like this it allows us to do things we couldn’t do before,” Covington said. “This provides additional research capability for faculty and students in the area of Materials Science and allows for additional research to be conducted.”
Mayor Daniel Guerrero said he has visited the feeding sites and is a supporter of the program. “This is an opportunity to make sure that the children are being fed,” Guerrero said. “Whenever the purple bus comes into a community, the children are already accustomed to seeing it there, and you see a lot of smiles and appreciative kids and parents.” SMCISD Superintendent Mark Eads said children
receiving meals can participate in summer activities. Local church groups visit the feeding sites and have playtime with the children in between mealtimes, he said. “Truthfully, I don’t think that people realize the magnitude of poverty and the kids that don’t have the opportunity to be fed on a daily basis here in San Marcos,” Eads said. “The children get an opportunity to get fed and get exposed to role models.”
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Summer Fashion Trends By Kara Dornes TRENDS REPORTER In the cyclical and ever-rotating world of fashion, old styles become new trends with each passing season. This summer, 80s and 90s resurgence pieces have dominated runways, stores and college campuses, giving legs to the adage ‘What goes around comes around.’ A popular style 20 years ago, shorts-style overalls—also known as dungarees—have become a staple in the fashionable Millennial’s wardrobe. For an updated spin on the yesteryear classic, layer a thin tank or bandeau under the denim. Mandy Murphy, Strut sales associate, said the warmer months bring with it the comeback of a summertime classic—lace. To avoid looking like a very tan doily, Murphy recommends incorporating lace pieces to structured, tougher looks like denim and leather. The good girl—or boy!—gone bad ensemble theme is a classic for a reason. If 90s style still feels more Full House than house party to you, wind back the clock even further and channel your parents in all their 1980s glory. “Everything this summer is very 80s inspired right now,” said Hope Carroll, sales associate at Crickets & Lotz of Shoes. “Everything is (in) really bright, fun colors.” Tightand-bright has been a longstanding summer tradition, but it is now easier than every to incorporate thanks to the influx of neon bathing suits in stores this season. For a few years now, the most dynamic, fear-and-jealousy-inspiring summer combination has been the crop top-high-waisted shorts
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combination. Seen everywhere from the runway to Tumblr and on everyone from Cara Delevigne to your too-cool lab partner, this look is often perceived as incred-
ibly difficult to pull off. However, this summer brought with it a very different kind of crop top, enabling girls—and boys—of all shapes to pull off this look. Longer, looser
and fuller crop tops are now the style du jour, showing just a sliver of skin between your waistband and shirt hem. Because the shorts are high-waisted, the flesh exposed
it at the most flattering point of the abdomen. Be sure to skip any cropped blouse with puffy sleeves or too much lace (and all heart-shaped sunglasses, for that matter).
Local Live Music Thursday 7/24 Who: Brillz
Who: Michael Sharp
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Who: Robert Cline, Jr.
Where: Superfly's Lone Star Music When: 5 p.m.
Saturday 7/26 Who: Lisa Morales
Where: Red 7 Austin When: 9 p.m.
Where: Cheatham Street Warehouse When: 8 p.m.
Who: The Monk
Who: The Organics
Where: Triple Crown When: 9 p.m.
Where: Triple Crown When: 9 p.m.
LBJ Museum to host ‘60s Night fundraiser The LBJ Museum of San Marcos welcomes the public to the 6th annual ‘60s Night Fundraiser Friday, August 1st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate the colorful decade of the sixties and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Join us for a night filled with psychedelic singles performed by Young Floyd Baller and played by Museum Manager, DJ Ralphie G. Including
a ‘60s themed trivia contest and a costume contest for prizes. Not to mention, the museum’s special guest: the Chick-fil-A cow will be there to “get jiggy with it.” The museum encourages attendees to come hungry for the food and wine provided by local restaurants. Tickets will be sold for $25 each at the LBJ Museum, located at 131 N. Guadalupe, San Marcos from Thurs-
day to Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. every week until the night of the fundraiser, but are encouraged to buy their tickets early. For more information, please contact the LBJ Museum of San Marcos at (512) 353-3300 or email the museum at: Director@lbjmuseum.com. —Courtesy of Leah Keyworth
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senior forward By Devin Tyler SPORTS REPORTER Ever since she could first walk, Tori Hale, senior forward, always had a passion for soccer. Tori showed a strong interest for the game during her older brothers soccer season and began competing competitively at four Hale attended Abilene High School and was a two-time team captain, Offensive Most Valuable Player, four-year letter winner, first-team All-District selection (each season) and was named 2010 District 3-5A MVP during her high school soccer career. She also participated in volleyball, track and cross country. “I was pretty good at all of them,” Hale said. “I feel school was easier in high school even though loading myself with sports made it difficult time wise, but it helped when I began college.” Abilene barely registered on the Division I level, making Hale’s search to make a team difficult. She ventured outside her state and called teams in California to garner exposure. “I pretty much put it on my own shoulders without much help,” Hale said. “There was a lot of hard work personally, and I was just hoping it would all pay off. When I started receiving scholarships it all seemed surreal.” Hale accepted Texas Christian University’s of-
fer and started 19 games her freshman year. She scored her first career goal against Houston Baptist and tallied assists against Hofstra and New Mexico. After her first semester, TCU’s soccer program switched gears and named Eric Bell head coach. Bell’s team, including players already on the roster, underwent tryouts. From the feedback Hale received, she was confident she would maintain her spot on the team. Two days before Bell held individual player meetings, TCU defeated Texas State 4-0, with Hale accounting for two goals and two assists. The following day Tori was cut from the team along with six other scholarship players. The cuts were due to insufficient scholarship funds. “I was pretty upset, but I mentally prepared myself because I just had a gut feeling,” Hale said. Days later, the assistant soccer coach at TCU attended a showcase in Houston along with Hale’s high school club coach and Texas State’s assistant coach, Link Scoggins. The three coaches discussed the cuts, when Hale was mentioned. Coach Kat Conner, following a call from Link, contacted Hale to gauge her interest in the program. After reviewing her options, Hale joined Texas State’s soccer team. “Tori is one of the most hard-working and competi-
tive players on the team,” Conner said. “We faced her twice, and I knew what kind of player she was, how good she was. I couldn’t believe they would let a great player like that go. When she made the decision to commit to Texas State, I was ecstatic.” Hale has played 40 games in two seasons with Texas State, earning a second-team All-Sun Belt conference spot last season. Landry Lowe, junior midfielder, met Hale during her freshman season. Their friendship began on a bus ride, and they’ve been close friends since. “Off the field, we are best friends and roommates,” Lowe said. “I’ve learned from her to control my emotions. No matter what happens, don’t let it affect you.” Texas State faces TCU at home this season on Sept. 12, Hale’s second game against TCU since her departure. In the previous game against her former team, Hale started and played 63 minutes in a 3-0 defeat. “I think this year you will see her really help us, especially with our young team,” Conner said. “I couldn’t believe they let her go, I know this season we play TCU, and I know Tori has probably circled that match on her calendar and hoping to do her best. I hope she has the game of her life because she deserves it.”
By Ishmael Johnson SPECIAL TO THE STAR Incoming freshman blocker Lauren Kirch’s decision process to play at Texas State was unlike most student athletes. Kirch placed her education at an equal, if not higher, priority than her collegiate sports career, and that landed her in San Marcos. Growing up, Kirch was always the “gentle giant” of the family as her mother, Susan, refers to her. Always being among the tallest students in her class was something Kirch had to adjust to right away. Kirch is 6 feet 2 inches, tied for the third-tallest on the volleyball team. “She never really liked being tall,” Susan Kirch said. “From the time she was born she was always taller than everybody else.” Lauren played volleyball, basketball and soccer before committing to volleyball in high school and eventually playing for the Dallas Skyline junior volleyball club. Lauren says it wasn’t a difficult decision to choose volleyball over other sports. “Contact sports aren’t really my favorite,” Lauren said. “I bruise easily and stuff like that. I just figured playing with a net between me and the opponent would kind of be best.” But it was more than just being in a non-contact sport. Susan describes Lauren as reserved and laid back, but she’s a different person on the volleyball court. “I could see the competitiveness come out in her that I hadn’t seen before,” Susan said. “She’s not outwardly competitive. She’s internally competitive.” One moment stands out to Lauren and her mother that echoes her competitiveness—Lauren’s ace-serve to beat her then high school rival, Coppell, in the season opener. “Game point, I served it straight over,
and it wasn’t even touched so that was a really, really good moment,” Lauren said. Her mother says she’ll never forget Lauren’s excitement when her serve gave Hebron High School the victory over the defending state champions who had ended their previous season. When it became clear that Lauren’s talent could take her through college, the decision on where to go hinged on one thing: which school would let her pursue her dream of completing nursing school? Since she was six years old, Lauren has wanted to be a nurse. “I love volleyball,” Lauren said. “It’s a huge part of my life, but the education part is way more important to me. When I was looking at a bunch of schools, nursing was number one for me.” When she visited Texas State, Coach Karen Chisum and Texas State offered Lauren a scholarship with a fifth year, allowing her to delay the start of her nursing program until her final year of Division I eligibility. “I think that’s kind of what really sold her on Texas State—that and she loves Coach Chisum,” Susan said. Coach Chisum was completely on board with Lauren’s ream occupation. It was not hard for Lauren to commit to a coaching staff and an athletic program willing to commit to her future, even after her playing time concluded. The extra time gives Lauren one year to focus on completing nursing school. “I knew they were big family-oriented people,” Lauren said. “They didn’t just care about their players’ volleyball abilities. They truly cared about the real world.” Lauren has begun practicing with the volleyball team to prepare for the upcoming fall season, and, despite being education-focused, she still has one goal in mind. “I want a ring,” Lauren said. “Hopefully at some point through my four years playing I can get at least one.”
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